Coun­cil re­ceives State funds for flood alert sys­tem

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

NORTH Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has re­ceived a $15,000 grant from the State Gov­ern­ment to en­hance the coun­cil’s flood net­work and pro­tect against nat­u­ral disas­ters.

The grant, an­nounced on Mon­day, will go to­wards three ad­di­tional early warn­ing alert flood gauges for the coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing flood net­work to boost the com­mu­nity’s dis­as­ter re­silience.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s new fast-tracked fund­ing sys­tem was hav­ing an im­me­di­ate im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties.

“Great lo­cal projects across the whole state are be­ing de­liv­ered sooner through our new stream­lined fund­ing pro­gram,” Ms Trad said.

“This pro­ject will pro­vide im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture to give the com­mu­nity peace of mind in the event of a flood.

“This is a great out­come for the com­mu­nity in record time, with projects as­sessed and fund­ing fi­nalised in just four weeks.

“Through this new fund­ing sys­tem we will be able to kick­start this pro­ject this year, in­stead of go­ing through months of ad­min­is­tra­tive hur­dles.”

The fund­ing pro­grams in­clude the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Grants and Sub­si­dies Pro­gram which pro­vides $28.347 mil­lion and the Com­mu­nity Re­silience Fund which pro­vides a fur­ther $10 mil­lion.

The fund­ing pro­grams of­fer up to 60% of the to­tal el­i­gi­ble costs on most projects, up from 40% in 2015-16.

Ap­pli­cants must de­liver projects within 12 months of grant ap­proval.

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